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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf
    Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

24 Oct 15, warren (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
you can get it from a sth island supplier - type in horse raddish on trade me. lovley people to deal with
07 Oct 15, Mark (USA - Zone 5b climate)
To get the hottest flavor when preparing horseradish root: DO NOT add vinegar while grinding the root! If you're using a food processor, add water, just enough to get it to grind well. Once it is fully ground, let it sit for about 5 minutes. THEN add vinegar. During the 5 minutes, the horseradish (once ground) undergoes a chemical reaction that makes it much stronger. The reaction is (I believe) with water, triggered by breaking up the cells. Vinegar stops this reaction; if you do it too early, the heat never develops. But after a few minutes, without vinegar, the heat will start to fade, so you add vinegar
29 Oct 15, Roy (Australia - temperate climate)
Good advice about when to add the vinegar Mark, do you have preference i.e malt, cider, wine red or white or maybe balsamic? I've been to the USA but apart from temperate and sub tropical I don't know about the zones like yours which is 4a please enlighten.
01 Sep 15, Sabine (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I get a horseradish root in Christchurch????
07 Aug 15, Ed Rossiter (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
hi I'm in Witbank, looking for some roots to plant, help please, 0839552020
16 Jul 15, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Judy,, so here was I looking for a recipe (another dish) when I came across this one for horseradish sauce but alas no mayonnaise. Horseradish sauce - Traditional Ingredients. 4tb Grated Horseradish 1tb Caster Sugar 1ts Salt 2 ts Mustard, English 1/2sp Pepper 4tb Single cream A little malt vinegar can be added though this is not recommended. Mix all in a bowl and stir anti-clockwise, and just my suggestion is to substitute the cream for mayonnaise,and I suppose that with most recipes certain ingredients can be left out and others added such as my beetroot and horseradish sauce I add some red wine vinegar. Hope this helps.
01 Sep 15, Ben Jones (Australia - temperate climate)
best thing you can use horseradish for is horseradish mustard I have a excellent recipe that we have been making in the restaurant for years... But I can not seem to get any at the moment.
08 Jul 15, Nisha (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I live in Johannesburg and would like to buy Horseradish. Please help.
26 Jun 15, Andrew (Australia - tropical climate)
Any way horseradish could be grown in Darwin?
23 Jun 15, Franky (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
You should be able to get it in any reasonable garden centre around September,,seedlings are around $3
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